Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet.

Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday morning sleep-in #26

"Southern fried" breakfast this morning.

After all the bacon, eggs and hash browns have been fried up, I throw a couple slices of bread in the leftover grease and brown them on both sides.

Much better for dipping in the yolk than regular old toast. (What's that funny pain in my left shoulder?)

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The Big E is home for good.

This morning the USS Enterprise will sail down that channel across the south end of the Chesapeake Bay for the last time.

Her planes are already gone from her decks. They've all been flown in to local airfields, like Patuxent River and Oceana NAS. All her ordnance and excess stores were hauled off by helicopters last week. She will ride high in the water.

Last week, while the ship was making a stop in Mayport, Florida, they took on board a plank-owner by the name of Ray Godfrey. He rode out with her on her first departure, and he will ride in with her on her final return.

As she passes the Thimble Shoal light, she'll make a gentle turn to the left and her sailors will line the rail, dressed in their best Cracker Jacks. She will glide slowly over the tunnel between Fort Monroe and Willoughby Spit before making the hard left towards the Norfolk docks. The tugs will take over and nestle her comfortably against the pier.

The grand old lady will never sail again.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent video,thanks.
Thank God for our armed forces.
Bill

Odysseus said...

"There won't be a dry eye in the fleet when the big E goes to the breakers."-Jim Cobb

Coffeypot said...

BZ! Great video and great salute to a fine lady.

Old NFO said...

Truly the end of an era... She was the FIRST CV(N)... And one hellva history!!!

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Murphy's Law said...

It's like watching a library burn down...so much history and tradition disappearing.

Larry said...

I wonder whats in store for the old girl.

MSgt B said...

Bill - Anytime. Thanks for dropping by.

Odie - Too true.

Coffey - Thanks. Got the video from Larry. (The squid)

Old NFO - Thanks

Murphy - Sad to see, that's for sure.

Larry - The Breaker's yard. They have to tear up so much to remove her eight reactors, there won't be anything left for a museum.

SENIOR said...

She will be missed. Big "E" has had a long and rewarding career and has made a difference not only around the world, but also for the shipmates that have sailed on her.

MSgt B said...

I've got an A-ganger from the Big E working for me now. Good mechanic.

Broken Andy said...

Sad to see her go. The next Enterprise has some big shoes to fill!


And about that video: FUCK YEAH! Loved it.